The Churn

April 20, 2010 8:12 PM

THE CHURN: The Capitol Edition

Posted by Irene Plagianos

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has hired a new IP partner in its Washington, D.C., office. Cono Carrano, a registered patent attorney, has joined the firm from Howrey, where he was a partner. Carrano represents global companies in the semiconductor, electronics, software, and wireless fields, among others, focusing on complex patent litigation, counseling, and licensing.  His addition brings to five the number of litigation partners who have joined Akin Gump this year.

Akin Gump also has recruited Arshi Siddiqui, the former senior policy adviser and counsel to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Siddiqui, who will move to the Washington, D.C., office in June, joins the firm's policy practice and will advise clients on navigating the House Ways and Means Committee and on economic and tax policy issues, The Blog of Legal Times reports.

After three years as the U.S. executive director of the World Bank, Eli Whitney Debevoise has returned to Arnold & Porter as a partner in the firm's Washington, D.C., office. Debevoise joins the firm's international practice, focusing on international financial transactions, public policy, and international arbitration.

A&P also has brought on senior State Department lawyer Samuel Witten as counsel in its Washington, D.C., office. Witten served in the State Department's Office of the Legal Adviser for 19 years; he most recently served as acting assistant secretary of state for population, refugees, and migration. He has an extensive background in public international law, international economic law, and international dispute resolution. At Arnold & Porter, he will represent both foreign governments and international companies in litigation and arbitrations and in domestic enforcement and regulatory matters.

Howard Morse has joined Cooley Godward Kronish's Washington, D.C., office as a partner in the firm's antitrust and trade regulation practice. A former assistant director of the Bureau of Competition at the Federal Trade Commission, Morse counsels clients on antitrust issues and represents companies in private antitrust litigation. He was previously a cochair of the antitrust practice at Drinker Biddle.

Patton Boggs has welcomed back litigator Ugo Colella as a partner in the firm's Washington, D.C., office. Colella will work on assisting companies in civil litigation with a focus on commercial disputes. He has extensive experience before state and federal trial and appellate courts, and is experienced in handling the complexities involved with a wide variety of commercial disputes. Colella, who had worked at Patton Boggs from 2001 to 2006, previously was a partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman.

Another recent addition to the firm: Suedeen Kelly, the former commissioner at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, who will cochair the energy industry practice at Patton Boggs. Kelly has extensive government experience, as well as a background in working with the electric and natural gas industries.

Mark Mendelsohn, the Justice Department's top lawyer for Foreign Corrupt Practices Act prosecutions, is heading to Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison as a partner to launch the firm's FCPA practice. As our colleagues at The Am Law Litigation Daily recently reported, Mendelsohn transformed FCPA enforcement from an afterthought to a priority for the DOJ, setting off a boom in demand for defense lawyers with FCPA experience. In an exclusive interview with The Litigation Daily, Mendelsohn said that he is proud to have developed a Justice Department framework for FCPA prosecution "that will endure beyond my departure."

The Churn is compiled from law firm news releases and announcements. Moves based on our own reporting will note this.

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